This week at Macquarie Island: 23 August 2019

A film festival comes to Macca

Antarctic Film Festival comes to Macca

The Antarctic 48 hour film festival is one of the highlights of our year.

The event has been running for a number of years and all research stations in and around Antarctica are eligible to enter a five minute film, which must be made within the 48 hour period, over one weekend in August. It gives everyone a chance to show their hidden film making talents and to use some of their expensive camera equipment.

Each year five things must be included in each film (a quote, a sound, an object, an action and a member of the winter team), with each element chosen by a different Antarctic research station. This year Macca was given the honour of picking one of the five elements. Our contribution was the Crocodile Dundee quote “that’s not a knife, this is a knife”. The other elements were the sound of an old car/bike horn, a tennis (or other) ball, the action of swinging an ice axe and a member of the winter team acting as a scientist.

On Friday night the station assembled in MET (meteorological building) for the planning of the film and pizza, but mostly for the planning. Luckily for us, Shane our plumber had a brilliant idea which involved him dressing up in a onesie costume as a rabbit. After a number of slices of pizza, a script plot line was developed - a tale of forbidden love between a rabbit and a Ranger with a tragic ending.

The next morning, after Saturday brunch, the filming crew (Kat) and the cast (Shane starring as 'Roger the Rabbit', Stella starring as ‘Ranger Love’, Billy starring as ‘Ranger Hate’ and Mark G starring as 'the scientist' as well as Tim and Kate starring as 'the extras') assembled to make a dream become a reality. The team busily ran around station from location to location filming all the required scenes, only stopping to download video to be brutally cut to pieces edited.

On Sunday we pasted it all together, added some music and voila! “Fur-bidden love” was complete. Well…there was a bit of panic, hair-pulling, swearing at the computer and soul searching, but you get the idea.

Until next time

Mark Baker (Electrician/Film Editor) 

Editors note: The film was sent to the Antarctic film festival organisers and was included in the voting with 19 other five minute films made by Antarctic and sub-Antarctic stations. We had a lot of fun watching all of the entries and voting on our favourites. This week the winners were announced and while Macca’s “Fur-bidden love” didn’t win too many accolades, it was great being part of this unique event.


A group of people are sitting around pizza boxes discussing ideas
The Friday night production team running through ideas with pizza!
(Photo: Mark Baker)
Four people are in costume, two women as Rangers, a man in a pink rabbit costume and a man in a Scientists coat.
The 'Fur-bidden love' cast assemble
(Photo: Kat Panjari)
A man in a rabbit costume is filming a woman wearing a ranger costume sneering at the camera
Billy as 'Ranger Hate' giving the camera an award winning sneer
(Photo: Mark Baker)
a woman holding a camera with her back to the camera is filming two characters in rabbit and Ranger costumes
Kat operating the state of the art videography equipment
(Photo: Mark Baker)
A man in a white lab coat is being filmed by a man in a rabbit costume
Mark G as scientist 'Dr Vuknuckell'
(Photo: Mark Baker)
 A man in a rabbit costume walks away from a woman holding a camera
Shane as 'Roger the Rabbit' storming off the set
(Photo: Mark Baker)
A woman in a Ranger costume shows her knuckles with LOVE written across them to the camera
Stella as 'Ranger Love'
(Photo: Mark Baker)